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Native Nutrition
In Guatemala, micronutrient deficiencies are mainly linked to a low intake of vitamin A (which leads to increased childhood and maternal mortality), iron (which causes anemia), and calcium (which can lead to defective bone growth). Although the use of micronutrient supplementation to address these deficiencies has received considerable attention, studies show that dietary diversification and modification can also provide a sustainable solution, with the added advantage of being culturally acceptable, economically feasible and capable of impacting entire families across generations. In this context, the World Health Organization has proposed a series of interventions for scaling up nutrition programs, including the need to ¿maximize the utilization of locally produced foods¿. Indigenous to Latin America, amaranth and chia are both highly versatile crops - they grow easily and prolifically in the highlands of Guatemala and are well known as drought crops that thrive in hot and dry weather. They were part of the staple Central American diet for thousands of years and are densely nutritious. One hundred grams of the vegetable material of amaranth can contribute 45% of daily vitamin A requirement. The protein content of amaranth seeds is unusually high (13.5%), and it has been touted as an important crop for developing countries due to its significantly high fiber and iron content. Chia seeds also close an important gap in micronutrient deficiencies, providing much needed iodine, omega 3, and calcium. Increasing the availability and consumption of these micronutrient-rich foods provides the basis for the Nutrición Nativa project.

Project Detail



Project Number


Approval Date

July 17, 2015

Project Status


Project Type

Technical Cooperation





Lending Instrument


Lending Instrument Code




Facility Type


Environmental Classification

Likely to cause minimal or no negative environmental and associated social impacts

Total Cost

USD 393,975.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 63,310.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 330,665.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/JO-15041-GU Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Japan Poverty Reduction Program Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/JO-15041-GU
  • Lending Type: Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Japan Poverty Reduction Program
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable

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Implementation Phase
Approved TC document
Nutrición Nativa [40003400].PDF
Dec. 03, 2015
Approved TC document
Enlace Electrónico - Safeguard Policy Filter Report _ Safeguard Scrrening Form - Apendic [39821004].PDF
Dec. 04, 2015
Technical Cooperation Agreement
Convenio - Proyecto Nutrición Nativa [39813758].PDF
Aug. 25, 2015
Approved TC document
Enlace Electrónico - Términos de Referencia, Anexo II [39679195].PDF
Dec. 04, 2015
Approved TC document
Enlace Electrónico, Carta de Solicitud - Anexo I [39679204].PDF
Dec. 04, 2015
Approved TC document
Enlace Electrónico- Plan de Adquisiciones - Anexo III [39679216].XLSX
Dec. 04, 2015
Approved TC document
Enlace Electrónico - Safeguard Policy Filter Report _ Safeguard Screening Form -Apéndice [39733594].PDF
Dec. 04, 2015

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